The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, April 2015

The April 25 Catholic Schools Herald supplement to Arkansas Catholic leads with a Catholic Schools scholarship appeal as well as school coverage throughout the state.


Distance learning brings higher education to principals

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 28, 2015   

One Saturday a month, Subiaco Academy headmaster Matt Stengel and St. Joseph School principal Julie Rochester in Paris take a break from their work of running their schools to, well, go to class. But this is not an ordinary classroom. Stengel and Rochester settle in at 9 a.m. for the next eight hours to listen and interact with their professor and her students in a classroom 380 miles away at St. Louis University. The Diocese of More... 

Lake Village principal retires after three years at helm

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 22, 2015   

In second grade, little Mary Belle decided she was going to be a teacher.  “I always loved school and learning. As a teacher you can impart all those things on a child’s life,” said Mary Belle Tonos, 72, principal at St. Mary School in Lake Village. “You know they say you have a teacher who taught you everything you need to know? That was my second-grade teacher.” And maybe the kindergarten through fifth-grade students might look back More... 

Scholarships help, but more needed to make big impact

Published: April 22, 2015   

The Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal has gotten off to a slow start, raising only $33,525 in two years. While the need for scholarships is great, Vernell Bowen, superintendent of schools, said 53 students have been able to be assisted so far. The Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal was created to fill in the gap between parents’ proven needs for scholarships and what the schools are able to provide. The gap for the 2014-2015 school year is more than $350,000. In More... 

Children doing chores can lead to future successes

By Vernell Bowen, Published: April 22, 2015   

The word “chore” can create all types of emotional connotations for adults and children. I can remember as a child my mother saying, “When your chores are completed you may ...” This meant I could choose my favorite pastimes. Looking back on the chores assigned in my family of four siblings, such as picking up clothes, cleaning our rooms, feeding the animals on the farm, working in the garden and washing dishes, these tasks helped us to develop confidence More...